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Judge strikes down BP’s efforts to recoup money paid on oil spill claims

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A federal judge in New Orleans overseeing the BP oil spill litigation said that the company will not be permitted to take back hundreds of millions of dollars it paid out to victims harmed by the massive 2010 Gulf oil spill. BP had sought to recoup payments it considered excessive from some oil spill claimants. Those payments were calculated under the accounting methods established by the 2012 settlement agreement, before Judge Carl Barbier ordered the claims administrator’s office last year to implement new accounting procedures BP considered fairer. However, Judge Barbier found in a hearing last week that the payments ... Read More

Foster Farms recalls cooked chicken for risk of listeria contamination

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Foster Farms is recalling nearly 40,000 pounds of frozen, pre-cooked chicken because the products may be contaminated with listeria monocytogenes, a bacteria that can cause listeriosis, a foodborne illness that can cause symptoms such as diarrhea and can be fatal to some individuals. The recall involves frozen Chicken Breast Grilled Strips produced at the Foster Farms plant in Farmerville, La., on August 5 with a Best by date of 08-05-15. The chicken is packaged in 3.5-pound plastic re-sealable bags that are marked with the establishment number P-33901. The affected products were shipped to retail warehouses and Costco stores in California, Washington, ... Read More

Nicotine poisoning surges in Alabama as many turn to e-cigarettes

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The Alabama Poison Control Center is seeing a surge of nicotine poisoning cases stemming from electronic cigarette usage, which has grown in popularity in the last few years as a reportedly safer alternative to real cigarettes. Most of the Alabamians being poisoned from e-cigarettes aren’t actually the e-smokers themselves, but children who are exposed to the nicotine-laden e-fluid that goes into the devices. Liquid nicotine is available in a range of sweet, candy-like flavors and the packaging is sometimes alluring to children. The Alabama Poison Control Center told WAFF Huntsville that it saw a total of 23 nicotine poisoning cases between ... Read More

National Child Passenger Safety Week highlights importance of proper installation, use of car seats

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Despite the fact that all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and our territories have laws requiring the use of safety seats, booster seats and seat belts for children traveling in motor vehicles, many families in our country travel either without a child safety seat or are not using the seats properly. The misuse of child safety seats in automobiles drastically increases the risk for injury and death of a child during a crash. Thousands of children are tragically injured or killed in automobile crashes each year, making car accidents the leading cause of death for children 1 to 13 ... Read More

Distracted driving puts more than your life in danger; one woman describes her life-changing crash

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In May 2013, Quorteshia Johnson’s life changed forever when she was involved in a single-vehicle accident while not wearing a seat belt and texting. “When I looked up, I saw a car, but I put my head back down texting and when I got up on the car, it was like we were head on. I swerved,” Johnson said. After she was ejected from her vehicle into the woods, a passerby spotted Johnson and called for help. Johnson was in the hospital for two months before she could go home. Now, she spends three days a week in physical therapy; ... Read More

Publix Recall on Bagels Affects Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina

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Four southern states have been affected by a recent recall of a popular breakfast food sold in Publix Super Markets. Publix has announced a recall of its store-brand jalapeno bagels following a warning from their supplier that these bagels may contain pieces of glass and small stones. Publix-brand jalapeno bagels are typically sold in the store’s self-service bins and the artisan cases in the bakery department. The potentially hazardous bagels were distributed to Publix store locations in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina, meaning that stores in Tennessee and North Carolina are not impacted by the recall. Maria Brous, media ... Read More

FDA to consider new single-dose anti-viral drug to fight seasonal flu

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Peramivir, a new once-daily injectable drug, appears to be a safe and effective at alleviating most flu symptoms if taken within 48 hours of the onset of symptoms, according to Dr. Rich Whitley, the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) researcher who led the study on the new drug. “If we don’t get immunized and we get influenza or if we get immunized and we still get influenza, we need to have anti-viral drugs available for the purposes of therapy and the goal is to keep people out of the hospital and to keep people from dying,” Whitley said. Each year ... Read More

Halliburton agrees to $1.1-billion resolution of Deepwater Horizon oil spill claims

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Beasley Allen lawyers and other members of the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee (PSC) leading the BP oil spill litigation announced they have reached a $1.1-billion settlement with Halliburton Energy Services over its role in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster. The settlement, subject to approval by a New Orleans federal court, is to be paid into a trust in three installments over the next two years until all appeals have been resolved. Halliburton, an oil-field services provider that cemented the doomed well a mile beneath the Deepwater Horizon rig, agreed to plead guilty to a criminal charge last year for destroying evidence ... Read More

Generic drug makers failed to warn about side effects from heartburn drug Reglan

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A Missouri appeals court upheld claims by two women that makers of generic versions of the heartburn drug Reglan failed to update their safety labels to warn about side effects associated with long-term use of the medication. Reglan, which is sold generically under the name metoclopramide, has been linked to a movement disorder known as tardive dyskinesia. In 2004, manufacturers of brand-name Reglan updated its safety label with the approval of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to warn that “Therapy should not exceed 12 weeks in duration.” Generic manufacturers were required to update their safety labels as well but ... Read More

Labor Day weekend: Law enforcement agencies partner to eliminate traffic fatalities

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The National Safety Council (NSC) estimates 395 people will be killed and an additional 42,300 will be injured in car crashes during the Labor Day holiday weekend. In order to best protect the public on the roadways, the Department of Transportation’s “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign will help law enforcement agencies across the nation ramp up safety protocols during the Labor Day weekend. The NSC officially defines the Labor Day weekend period beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 29, and ending at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 1. Deborah A.P. Hersman, President and CEO of NSC, says, ... Read More